Honestly, my husband probably deserves a sweater more than anybody around here. He's waited a thousand times while I finished one more row, spent countless hours of his life in yarn shops, lets me go to Rhinebeck on our anniversary every year, drives way more than he wants to so that I can knit in the passenger seat, has learned an entire lexicon of knitting words, and never once tried to make me go back to the corporate world for a steady paycheck.
So I tried to design one that he'd really love and wear. First, I knit in one of my favorite yarns, EVER. This is The Plucky Knitter's Scholar, (the same yarn I used in Chartreuse). Scholar is a gorgeous tweedy mix of 75/25 merino and cashmere. It's round and soft and warm, and no matter how picky your man is, he will love wearing this yarn almost as much as you will love knitting with it. And you will love knitting with it.
The design is an easy, soothing knit with just a few details thrown in. Nothing fussy, but enough to keep it interesting.
A bold textured rib on the upper half of the sweater emphasizes a broad set of shoulders nicely and shows off the distinct lines of the yoke shaping. A simple design, with a few details. And seamless bottom up construction means that if you need to tweak things for fit, it's easy to do in various places.
If you are hoping to get some Scholar of your own, The Plucky Knitter is having two Instant Gratification Updates this week - one is at 8pm tonight and the other is 9am tomorrow - in her Etsy Shop. These updates feature a mix of yarns, but there will be some Scholar in the mix! Then, next week she is planning a bigger update with more Scholar sweater quantities available for order - in case you need time to check in with your men and think about the options..... Exact details are here: http://www.thepluckyknitter.com/blog/
The pattern can be purchased on Ravelry or on the patterns page of the blog here, for $7.00. (And it will be available through LoveKnitting for the EU knitters) Some details are below and the rest of the information, plus the test knits can be seen here, on Ravelry.
Sizes: 32(36,40,44,48)(52,56,60)" Based on circumference around upper chest.
Yarn: Plucky Knitter Scholar, (75% m erino/25%cashmere), 255 yards per skein. Shown in Rum Raisin. 1150(1250,1350,1450,1550)(1650,1750,1850) yards needed
Needles: US#7/4.5mm and US#6/4mm needles, or size to get gauge.
Gauge: 5 sts/7 rows per 1" in both stockinette and texture motif, using smaller needles.
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